Farewell to the 16th All-American Council participants
On behalf of the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of the West, I would like to thank all of you who came to Seattle/Bellevue to participate in the 16th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America. Whether you were here as a clergy or lay delegate, an observer or family member, an invited guest or a vendor, it was our blessing to have you in our midst for a week of prayerful deliberation. Many have remarked what a special blessing it was for us to have our Alaskan brethren with us, and especially the Wonderworking Sitka Icon of the Theotokos. The Alaskan clergy also were blessed by our time of fellowship together. Truly, the broad diversity of the Orthodox Church in America was well represented at this Council.
We hope you found your stay in the beautiful Pacific Northwest an enjoyable one, and we hope that you may return again in safety.
LOST AND FOUND
If you misplaced an item during your stay, feel free to contact the ongoing “lost & found” bureau – Priest Barnabas Powell (425) 623-3653. We have a small number of items, from thumb drives to epitrachelia, that we’d love to reunite with their owners.
All-American Council resources now available on-line
Read the current All-American Council Draft Agenda here.
All-American Council Choir music now available!
A provisional set of music is now available for the All-American Council (AAC) Choir at this link and at the Anaphora Press website. Please be advised that this is not the final copy and that there will be some changes. However, the music gives those who wish to sing in the AAC Choir the opportunity to begin practicing at home. Complete music books will be provided for singers at the AAC. Music is also available for the Diocesan Assembly (of the West) Liturgy October 30th.
October 29/30: For the first weekend a local Puget Sound area choir will be conducted by Macrina Lewis of Port Townsend for Vespers and Hierarchical Liturgy. Area rehearsals throughout Aug – Oct. will be roaming the greater Seattle area and singers are asked to attend at least 1, and preferably 2 or 3 of them to participate in the AAC Choir that first weekend.
Oct. 31 – Nov. 4: Dave Drillock and Fr. Lawrence Margitich are heading up the cycle of services during the week. As usual, conference participants are invited to join the ad hoc AAC Choir which will sing intermittently throughout the week. This year we will be highlighting some of the Orthodox liturgical music unique to the western states and we will also include a small representation of as many of our OCA languages as we can. We request that those wishing to participate in the choir please review and practice the music as much as possible beforehand and come prepared so that we might lift our voices in praise with grace, beauty and understanding.
Please visit the Anaphora Press website for links to music for these services.
16th All-American Council Resolutions Committee begins work
SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- In order to encourage wider discussion of issues facing the Orthodox Church in America during the 16th All-American Council, the Preconciliar Commission has appointed a Resolutions Committee per Article III, Section 5, part F of the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America. This Committee is now prepared to receive proposed resolutions and amendments to OCA Statute for consideration at the 16th All-American Council. Parishes and other Church bodies -- deaneries, … (Continue reading...)
We are delighted you are coming to Seattle!
The 16th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America is in a beautiful location, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bellevue. This recently built hotel is on the east side of Lake Washington, in downtown Bellevue. It’s in a shopping district with the Bellevue Square Mall just up the street, and restaurants of all price ranges nearby. The Bellevue Art museum is also within walking distance. While you’re with us, we hope you’ll get to check out some of what Seattle is famous for – the Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier – and we’ll be happy to show you some of the lesser-known treasures of the area. For example, the Council will take place during salmon migration … (Continue reading...)
Have an extra-special fish day!
The 16th All-American Council will take place during a special time for Washingtonians – the return of the salmon! September and October are the big months for returning salmon, and you’ll be able to catch the tail end of this event. Salmon are a big deal here for several reasons: they’re tasty, they provide jobs for thousands of fishermen, and their return means a great deal to the local Indian tribes. Near the conference site, there are two places to view the fish. The first is … (Continue reading...)
Is it Seattle or Bellevue?
As you’ve probably noticed from all your conference materials, the 16th All-American Council is advertised as taking place in Seattle. But, the actual conference location isn’t actually in the city limits of Seattle. It’s technically in Bellevue, Seattle’s neighbor just across Lake Washington. Seattle is certainly the Large Northwest City that everyone knows about, and that’s the airport at which you should be planning to arrive. But, for those of us who don’t exactly live in the … (Continue reading...)